Nicoya Peninsula

Costa Rica is an exhilarating land of luxuriant rainforests and mighty volcanoes, of natural hot springs and shimmering oceans, of colonial charm and captivating nightlife. In short, it’s a country where people can easily find their own true bliss.

Nature thrives in its pristine state, with more than 20 natural parks and eight biological reserves. Exploring these ecological wonders is an exhilarating delight for the senses. Watch as exotic birds take wing in all their multi-colored glory. Smell the scent of orchids growing wild in the lush and magnificent cloud forests. Hear the call of the howler monkey as it lazily swings across the verdant canopy.

For the adventuresome, there’s hiking around majestic Arenal volcano as it explodes in a regular fiery splendor. For the wildlife lover, there’s Tortuguero National Park, where the beguiling sea turtle slowly makes its way to the sea. And for the sporty, there are the shimmering blue waters of the Pacific and the Caribbean, where surfing, fishing and snorkeling will fill endless sun-drenched days.

The ultimate delight of Costa Rica is its people. Warm and gracious, they unveil a captivating culture of music, art, crafts and cuisine that will enchant, entertain and enliven you.

Good to Know

  • No overt gay scene, but several gay-friendly venues
  • Gay tourism not actively promoted, but accepted, and expanding rapidly
  • Costa Rica is one of the most gay-friendly destinations in Central America, but discretion is preferred
  • Consider adding on a stay in Manuel Antonio, where the country’s most well-known and lively gay scene is found; nearly every business there is gay-friendly

Featured Resorts:

Barcelo Tambor Beach

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The all-inclusive Barcelo Tambor Beach is situated in Bahia Ballena on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. With a 3.5-mile beach, it is perfect for nature lovers and ideal for both families and couples. The volcanic sands and gentle swell of the sea, reflecting the brilliant blue sky, make this a perfect place for sunbathing, water sports, or simply strolling along the beautiful beach. Hotel amenities include well-appointed guestrooms located close to the beach, tennis courts, c ...

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